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Karen R. Zimmer is the leader of our firm’s Defamation + Publication Risk Management Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Information + Privacy, Business Disputes, Local Government and Charities + Non-Profit Practice Groups.

Her practice is primarily focused on the following areas of civil and commercial litigation: libel and slander claims, privacy, cyber breach response coaching and related defense work, society litigation matters, directors and officers liability, complex commercial litigation and professional regulatory matters.

She is experienced in providing privacy breach response coaching for a variety of matters, including those involving rogue employees, ransomware attacks and phishing attacks and as the lead Canadian member of the Legalign Global Cyber Breach Response Team.

She is also experienced in pursuing her clients’ interests in urgent interlocutory applications, short and lengthy trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as the Yukon Supreme Court and the Human Rights Tribunal. She has represented clients in matters before the federal and provincial Privacy Commissioner offices.

She has extensive experience in defending professional regulatory bodies, health and school boards, insurance benefit providers, non-profit associations, professionals, insurers and the media, including CBC and radio stations, in a variety of libel and slander matters and breach of privacy claims.

Ms. Zimmer believes in the importance of assessing risk exposure early on in her retainer and providing ongoing risk management advice to ensure that contentious matters do not escalate. Where litigation is to be avoided, she is experienced in working with her clients to achieve a resolution.

Ms. Zimmer appreciates that her areas of practice frequently require quick action, and responds accordingly.


  • West Georgia Street, Suite 2700-700
    Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B8


  • Queens University , LL.B., graduated 1999

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2000
  • Yukon, 2015


  • Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association - Member
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers - Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals - Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia - Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 for work in:

  • Privacy and Data Security Law

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